A year goes by before we know it. Time flies as they say and it seems to keep on rushing. We have to slow it down, open up space, enter into some other space where we can reflect and see what’s been happening. Now is the time to schedule that time. We are about to end one year and begin another. Advent for Christians is the reset of the calendar and a perfect season to schedule a retreat. Take a day or two, escape the parties and shopping and busy, busy life we use to make our way into celebrating the Event that changed everything. Find a monastery, go to a hotel and keep the TV off, spend a day in the woods. What has happened? What will happen? Who and what matters?
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.